As I write today’s post I’m bundled up and wondering if I’m going to survive living in a cooler climate this winter after all. Ha! Fall has truly arrived! But today’s post reminds me why I’m excited about weathering out the colder seasons in Ohio this year. In fact, whether you live in the north or a more temperate climate, you’re going to love the Christopher and Banks coatigans I’m sharing today. And wait until you see the five looks I created around this one piece with all the other beautiful fashions I found on their website.
Christopher and Banks coatigans are lush, drapey sweaters that can be worn like a cardigan but that offer the warmth and substantial heft of a coat. A coatigan may be all the coat you need in a warmer climate or on a more temperate day, but you can also wear it as an outfit completer.
As I began building looks around this midnight currant and gold plaid coatigan, I was delightfully surprised at how versatile this piece is. I’ve created five distinct looks for everything from the casual office to the farmers’ market to lunch with the gals to a date night.
Look #1 with the Coatigan – Casual Date Night
This cotton, acrylic and polyester blend coatigan is available in a full range of missy and women’s sizes. Here I’m wearing it with the signature slimming 5-pocket tapered leg jeans in the shaped fit.
For more information about Christopher and Banks’ jeans, you might want to check out my previous post with this brand, in which I shared their three different jean fits. You can also get information at their fit guide.
This directional stitch soft pullover sweater is so very soft and comfortable. I’m wearing a small in the clay rose, but it also comes in a deep, dark green called mythic forest. I topped it with a long layered pendant and stations necklace, which you’ll see again with other outfits.
Isn’t this such a fun look for a date night dinner and movie?
Look #2 with the Coatigan – Casual Outing
I think this next look is perfect for most any casual outing. It’s just a tee and jeans, but the look is elevated by choosing a colorful striped shirt that contrasts beautifully with the plaid coatigan.
I’ve paired the bold stripe crew neck tee with my barely boot leg jeans for a strong, confident look. By the way, I’m actually wearing the tall barely boot leg jeans, and I had them hemmed to my liking. But they’re also available in a short fit. I’m wearing a size 6. (Christopher and Banks clothing is not over-sized, but it is generously sized. Generally, select the smaller of your sizes if you vary between two.)
I found that splashes of leopard print work beautifully with this coatigan because of the gold in it. Christopher and Banks also has an abundance of accessories in leopard print, such as this scarf, this darling watch, this lariat necklace and this tote bag.
I simply added neutral colored booties and carried a neutral handbag with this outfit. But you could also wear it with brown or black shoes and purse.
Look #3 with the Coatigan – Casual Office
If you work in a casual office environment, this next look would be beautiful for work. The look starts with this drapey denim tunic. I’m wearing a small, and I topped it with a feminine sketched floral print scarf.
The sketched floral print scarf ties the denim tunic nicely to my 5-pocket corduroy slim pants in heirloom mauve. I’m wearing an 8 in the cords. They’re perfect for tucking into your favorite riding boots, whatever color you prefer.
I didn’t carry a bag with this outfit, but this animal print wristlet would suffice nicely. Can you believe how versatile the Christopher and Banks coatigans are???
Look #4 with the Coatigan – Casual Weekend
This next look takes a decidedly casual turn. I grouped my everyday straight jeans, a beige v-neck solid thermal top and my sneakers for an outfit that’s appropriate for walking around the farmers’ market or attending a grandchild’s football game.
Unfortunately, I don’t find this v-neck solid thermal top in off white on the website. But the comfy, casual shirt is available in three other pretty colors.
You’ll find a wide assortment of Christopher and Banks coatigans on their website here. I especially like this navy mixed pattern block coatigan for a polished look. But if you like wearing warm colors, this Pointelle detail patch pocket coatigan lends itself to some beautiful pairings.
Look #5 with the Coatigan – Multi-Layered Chic
For my final look I layered the plaid coatigan atop two layers. I think the mixture of textures and prints is so chic.
Of course, this leopard print cardigan is dreamy on its own. I’m just wearing it over a simple but very comfortable (oh so stretchy!) long sleeve crewneck tee in cordovan brown. I’m wearing a small in both. The t-shirt comes in other beautiful colors as well as wardrobe essential white, black and navy.
Don’t you just love all the colors, textures and contrasting prints in this multi layered look? I think this may be my favorite. And it’s definitely the warmest. But I have to tell you, it doesn’t feel cumbersome or heavy at all.
I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the Christopher and Banks coatigans, as well as the other pieces in their fall line. Everything you see in the looks above, with the exception of shoes, belts and handbags, is from Christopher and Banks.
I’m thankful to Christopher and Banks for gifting me the clothes in this post so that I could share them with you. And I’m grateful to you, dear readers, for shopping my affiliate links. When you purchase anything through my links, I potentially earn a commission, but at no cost to you. You can trust that I only link you to and share products and brands that I wholly enjoy, trust and wear myself. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dressed for My Day.
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I’ve long been intrigued by the implications of Psalm 25:14. This small scripture packs a big punch. It tells me that God desires an intimate relationship with me, one in which I can turn to God as a friend. But not only does He want me to feel comfortable pouring out my heart to Him; He longs to make more and more of Himself known to me. That, after all, is the definition of intimacy – mutual trust and disclosure.
But God doesn’t offer that kind of intimacy to those who seek it passionately, those who perform perfectly or even those who read their Bible most frequently. It’s offered to those who “fear Him.” The way to intimacy with God is not to presume upon Him as a friend, but to worship Him as God Almighty, God Most Holy. And as we worship Him with awe and humility, we will naturally desire to obey and please Him. That’s when the floodgates of intimacy will open up. That’s pretty amazing to me.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. ~ Psalm 25:14